New Orleans Pelicans: Pels could trade Lonzo Ball for Kyle Lowry

Lonzo Ball #2 of the New Orleans Pelicans (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
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Would the New Orleans Pelicans trade Lonzo Ball for Kyle Lowry?

Why the Pelicans would do it

The Pels would only do this if they didn’t think Lonzo Ball was part of their long-term future and who knows, they might not.

The two sides didn’t come to an agreement on an extension and it’s obvious that Lonzo Ball is going to want the max, something the Pelicans might not be comfortable doing, especially after drafting Kira Lewis Jr. in the lottery.

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Kyle Lowry is 34 but is still a very good player, scoring 19.4 a game with 7.4 assists and 5.1 rebounds. He is still one of the best guard defenders in the league, a natural leader and would immediately be just as popular with Pels’ fans as Lonzo Ball.

Switching he and Lonzo in the starting lineup gives the Pels one of the best starting fives in the Western Conference and gives the Pels the playmaker they are currently lacking.

They would also get rid of Redck and Melli, who are hurting the team at the moment, which gives more chance to Nickeil Alexander-Walker and possibly Wenyen Gabriel.

This would hurt the Pels’ already thin rotation but would give more playing time to NAW and Kira Lewis Jr. and what better player to mentor them than one of the best point guards of his generation?

If Lowry fits, the Pels might be able to keep doing one-year deals with him until Lewis Jr. is ready to take over.

It’s a tough call and one that would break Pelicans’ Twitter, but if the Pels don’t see Lonzo as part of the core, it would make them a contender now and could open more opportunities for the young guards.

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